THE PUMA AND ITS YOUNG 399 tigre, only soinev \at less. off when 1 !i;-'<»c ih- *" :h>.- appears so very strUt-lv- ,. •,< . , But I have wisht them farther i iii the woods; because their aspect Hertu." FIG. IPS.—Oc*l:,<;. FCte juwltilis. x &. The Puma, J^! conculor> the American Lion as it is called in the north, is a rather smaller animal than the last, and of a uniform tawny colour, tending to white on the abdomen and to a dark stripe along the back. The young, as already mentioned, are very distinctly spotted. Like the Tiger, the Puma can endure extremes of lieat and cold; it is equally at home in the snow of North America and among the tropical forests and swamps of the south. It is a ferocious creature so far as concerns J>eer, Lamas, Raccoons, even Skunks and Kheas, but, according to Mr. W. H. Hudson, will not attack man, and will even defend him against the Jaguar,1 In captivity the Puma •will purr like a Cat* The Eyra, F. eyra> is another self-coloured American cat* which has a curious likeness to the totally distinct Cryptoprocta, of Madagascar. The Wild Cat of Europe, JK catus, is found over the greater part of Europe, and also in Northern Asia. It was undoubtedly common at one time in this country, though it appears never to have extended its range into Ireland. But the real Wild Cat is now rare in this island, and is confined to certain districts in 1 Brat Mr. Belt says tb&t the "Tigre" never attacks aaan unless it be provoked.